No manufactured beef for Marco McCullough v Declan Geraghty

RINGSIDE 07/05/2019

Marco McCullough and Declan Geraghty’s IBF European title collision on May 17 – live on ESPN+ – will not be preceded by the former room-mates attempting to manufacture ‘beef.’

The pair shared accommodation during their trips with the Irish amateur team and although both will ‘flick the switch’ when the first bell goes, it’s strictly business ahead of their highly-anticipated Ulster Hall clash.

McCullough said: “I know Deco very well. We’ve never actually sparred though because during our amateur days, he was a bit smaller and lighter than me.

“We trained together on the High Performance Team and went on several trips together. We even shared a room on one trip.

“To beat Deco and earn a top 15 in the world spot with the possibility of a world title eliminator is the dream. I’d also love to get my hands on a British, Commonwealth or EBU European belt.”

Geragthy added: “I’d say myself and Marco have been friends… at least acquaintances! I do remember rooming with him on the Irish team.

“Marco is a lovely bloke and I’ve got a bad work to say about him. I’ll happily go for a drink with him after the fight. This is just business.

“You can fight on the small-hall shows and have fight of the year wars but it’s not the same if it’s not the same if it’s not televised so it’s great that people can see these great contests.”

Topping the bill on another sensation night of boxing in Belfast is Ryan Burnett’s homecoming WBC International super-bantamweight title clash with Jelbirt Gomera with a stacked undercard including Sean McComb, Lewis Crocker, Steven Donnelly and many more.